Nanticoke native promoted to rank of lieutenant colonel


Paul J. Fedak Jr. was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the United States Army on May 14. While still a junior at Greater Nanticoke Area High School, Lt. Col. Fedak enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1996 and was assigned to the 365th Engineer Battalion, formerly located in Wilkes-Barre, eventually attaining the enlisted rank of sergeant in 1999.

In 2001, he graduated from King’s College with a degree in criminal justice and commissioned as a second lieutenant through the U.S. Army’s ROTC program in 2001. Following graduation, he immediately entered active duty and has since been assigned to multiple units including the U.S. Army’s illustrious 10th Mountain and 82nd Airborne Divisions. He has also been deployed three times in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

Fedak holds an MBA from the University of Scranton and is a graduate from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College. Fedak has been awarded the Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two battle stars, the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge. He is also a recipient of the honorable order of Saint Barbara and bronze order of mercury medallions.

Fedak is the son of Paul and Mary Fedak, of Nanticoke. He and his wife, the former Ann Farina, of Archbald, have two daughters, Laura, 7, and Ava, 13. The family lives in Fairfax, Va., while he serves a tour as an Army inter-agency fellow with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency.